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3 October,2017By: Diana Guzzi
 
From the Bowen school Health Office
September, 2017
Dear Bowen Elementary School families,
Welcome to Bowen School.  I am Barbara Rosen, the School Nurse.  I’m writing to let you know what to expect from School Health Services in the Newton Public Schools.
Each of Newton’s public schools has a dedicated professional school nurse who delivers mandated health services such as immunization surveillance, medication administration, and screening programs (hearing, vision, growth and postural).  The nurse also manages care for illness and injury, wellness teaching/training, student advocacy and case management, and school-based team collaboration.
The Director of School Health Services, Ruth Hoshino, RN, oversees the program which is located in the Health and Human Services Department.
Our goal is to facilitate academic achievement by keeping students in school, ready to learn.  We all know that sometimes that’s not possible, and we need you to be available in the event your child needs to be dismissed due to illness.  Please plan a back-up person in case you are not able to get to school in a reasonable amount of time.
I invite you to contact me regarding your child’s individual health concerns, particularly if s/he needs medication during the school day, has food allergies, diabetes, asthma or other health conditions. The Newton Health and Human Services website, www.newtonma.gov/health (click on School Health) includes forms and policies you may need, such as medication permission (needed for both prescription and over-the-counter medications).
I can be reached by phone at 617-559-9335, by email at Barbara_Rosen@Newton.k12.ma.us , and by fax at 617-552-7363.  Please keep in mind that telephone is always best for time-sensitive needs.
 
I look forward to working with you to meet your child’s health needs during the school day.
Sincerely,
 
Barbara Rosen, RN, BSN, MS
 
Please see reverse side for important 2017-2018 dates and other key information!
Important School Health Dates for 2017-2018
  • Tuesday 9/5 – first day of school for students
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  • Wednesday 9/13/17   Bowen Back-to-school (curriculum) night
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  • Flu Clinic:  October 24, 2017: Forms (available at www.newtonma.gov/flu) are due to the health office by October 20.
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  • Fall 2017 – Health Screenings.  Dates TBD:
  • Kindergarten: Hearing and Vision 
  • 1st grade: Hearing, Vision and Height/Weight (BMI)
  • 2nd grade: Hearing and Vision
  • 3rd grade: Hearing and Vision
  • 4th grade: Vision and Height/Weight (BMI)
  • 5th grade: Vision and Postural Screening
  • To opt out of screenings, please contact me.
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  • June:  Medication Pickup – as school winds down, plan to pick up all medications from the health room.  Students are not allowed to transport their medications to/from school.
  • Medication Policy
  • The school nurse is responsible for storing and administering all medications (over the counter as well as prescription) at school. 
  • All prescription and over-the-counter medications to be administered at school must have:
  • Medication in a pharmacy labeled or manufacturer container
  • A signed parent permission form
  • A health care provider’s written medication order
  • Please see reverse side for a Welcome Letter and important School Health Services information.
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